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Nigel McCLymont (managing director Nind Dairy
Services) and Jeff Nind (Owner) pleased to announce
that Nind Dairy Service is now the GEA Farm
Technologies dealer for Southland and Otago
Southland Dairy Awards
Unique opportunities available
The 2013 Southland Dairy Industry Awards winners will be
announced at a dinner being held on April 5 at the
Invercargill Workingmen's Club.
Lindsey and Clare McClintock, winners of the Southland Sharemilker/ Equity Farmer of the Year title in 2011 and
convenors of the 2013 Southland Dairy Awards.
From the nearly 40 entries received across the
three categories of Southland Sharemilker/
Equity Farmer of the Year, Southland Farm
Manager of the Year and Southland Dairy Trainee of
the Year, six finalists in each section have been
named to contest the titles.
Regional Convenors Lindsey and Clare McClintock
say about $50,000 in cash and prizes will be part of
the winners prize package, but the successful
entrants will also have some amazing experiences
and gain recognition that will boost their
confidence and farm business.
''This year's winners will be presented with unique
opportunities and they'll also have some amazing
experiences when they head to the national finals
following their regional win,'' the McClintocks say.
With the six finalists selected for each of the
categories and it will be from these that the
Southland winners will be decided.
''We are really pleased with the entries and quality
of entries received. We know from what the judges
have told us that it's been a really tight contest and
that should prepare our winners well for the
national competition,'' the couple says.
Lindsey and Clare McClintock won the Southland
Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year title in 2011
and are convening the awards for the first time.
''The awards has been great for us. We have met
some really interesting people, made some great
contacts with industry professionals and sponsors,
and learnt a lot about us and how our farm
The McClintocks say those considering entering the
awards should come along to the regional awards
dinner and experience the benefits first hand.
''There's a wealth of knowledge out there and it's all
for free! It's a huge learning experience in many
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards national
final will be held in Wellington on May 24, with
$140,000 in cash and prizes on offer as well as the
honour of taking out a national title.
Southland representatives have won the coveted
New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year title (now
sharemilker/equity farmer) three times, most
recently in 2010 when Stefan and Annalize du
Plessis won the honour. In 2006 Wayne and Elaine
Cook were the national winners and Dylan and
Sheree Ditchfield won back in 1999.
The region has also had success in the New Zealand
Farm Manager of the Year competition, first run
nationally in 2003, with Daniel Woolsey and Emily
Fraser winning in 2007.
The Awards are supported by national sponsors
Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers,
Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles NZ, LIC, Meridian
Energy, Ravensdown and RD1, along with industry
Tickets to the Southland awards dinner cost $80
and can be purchased by contacting Clare
McClintock on 03 207 1090.
More rewards on offer
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are
supported by national sponsors Westpac,
DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra,
Honda Motorcycles NZ, LIC, Meridian Energy,
Ravensdown and RD1, along with industry
Alarge prize pool and further
recognition await the three 2013
Southland Dairy Industry Awards
winners, who will progress to the
national finals in Wellington on May 24.
The trio will line up against other
sharemilker/equity farmer, farm
manager and dairy trainee regional
finalists to determine who will take
home the prizes, worth more than
$140,000, and national honours.
The prize pool for the 2013 New
Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of
the Year is valued at $83,000 with the
winner taking home prizes worth
The runner-up will receive $16,000 in
prizes and the third place-getter will
take home prizes valued at more than
A further $20,000 in cash and prizes
will be won by the winners of the nine
The 11 regional finalists competing in
the New Zealand Farm Manager of the
Year will compete for a total prize pool
of nearly $44,000, with the winner
taking home about $22,000 in prizes.
The runner-up will receive prizes worth
$8000 and the third place-getter will
win $3000 in prizes. Five merit awards
are worth another $10,000 in cash and
prizes to the winners.
A total of $13,000 is on offer to those
competing for the New Zealand Dairy
Trainee of the Year title, with the
winner collecting prizes worth $7000.
The runner-up receives $3000 and the
third place-getter $2000 in prizes.
For the first time a national merit
award worth $1000 will also be
presented to a trainee.
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